Mental Health

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New research has shown an alarming rise in the use of anti-depressant drugs among children says the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Teenagers who interact positively with their family, school and friends are far less likely to smoke, binge drink and use cannabis than peers who fail to identify with these social groups, according to research published this week in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

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Monday 23rd May 2016 - Tuesday 24th May 2016 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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The British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section welcomes this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) with its particular focus on gender parity.

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In recent months the BPS, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council and UK Council for Psychotherapy met with officials from the Government’s new Joint Health and Work Unit to scrutinise Government plans to help jobcentre clients who experience mental ill health.

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The British Psychological Society (BPS) denounces the reported proposal by the Indonesian Psychiatric Association to classify lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sexual and gender identities (LGBT) as mental illnesses.

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Dr Amanda Wood, a Chartered Psychologist, has been awarded funding to visit the USA to research the provision of psychological support for military families, both serving and beyond, and in particular children.

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A review of the impact of economic recovery on health inequalities in Scotland calls for measures to mitigate any ill-effects of social security reforms through service provision to be maintained and strengthened.

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A free BPS event ‘Body image: Psychology in the Pub’ on Monday 22 February (7 to 9pm) will open the Leeds Beckett’s Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness week in York.

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The NHS in England today has committed itself to a transformation of mental health care, pledging to help more than a million extra people and invest more than £1bn a year by 2020/21.

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The British Psychological Society is promoting action to deal with low morale, stress and depression among mental health professionals.

The problem was revealed in the BPS and New Savoy staff wellbeing survey for 2015.

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The British Psychological Society welcomes Children’s Mental Health Week (8 to 15 February) and the opportunities it provides to highlight the importance of prevention of and early intervention with children experiencing psychological difficulties.

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Submissions are now open for the 2016 BPS Cognitive Psychology Section annual conference taking place in Barcelona from the 31 August to the 2 September.

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Findings from the British Psychological Society and New Savoy staff wellbeing survey for 2015 show that 46 per cent of psychological professionals surveyed report depression and 49.5 per cent report feeling they are a failure. One quarter consider they have a long-term, chronic condition and 70 per cent say they are finding their job stressful.

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One thing anxiety does is to upset your brain's balance between focus and vigilance. Your control over what you pay attention to is sacrificed at the expense of worrisome thoughts and a rapid response to any potential danger.

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Working in forensic settings can be extremely challenging, particularly with individuals with personality disorders.

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Explore and experience the process of enhancing existing and developing new ways of relating to ourselves

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The BPS has been invited to contribute to an event as part of the Houses of Parliament’s centenary commemorations for the First World War.

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This workshop will equip participants with greater knowledge how to help people who hear voices and learn from the dialogue they are engaged in.

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The campaign launched this week by the NSPCC calling for access to therapy for abused children to be prioritised in the NHS has been welcomed by the British Psychological Society.

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A versatile approach to group self-discovery and behaviour change; working from practice back to theory

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Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, President of the British Psychological Society, has expressed his concern at reports of a sudden increase in the number of mental health patients dying unexpectedly in NHS care.

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